Ahern, Dermot

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 724 No. 1
Unrevised

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Order of Business

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Financial Resolutions 2011: Allocation of Time: Motion

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Financial Resolutions 2011

Question put: “That Financial Resolutions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, be agreed to.”
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Question put: “That Financial Resolutions Nos. 5 to 9, inclusive, be agreed to.”
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Question put: “That Financial Resolutions Nos. 10 to 14, inclusive, be agreed to.”
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Question put: “That Financial Resolutions Nos. 24 to 33, inclusive, be agreed to.”
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Written Answers - Criminal Prosecutions

Was asked: the income that has been derived from the activities of the Criminal Assets Bureau and the way it has been disbursed in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The following table shows the monies forwarded by the Criminal Assets Bureau to the Minister for Finance for the benefit of the Exchequer under Proceeds of Crime legislation and pursuant to the Revenu...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety

Was asked: the way the new mobile safety cameras located in Kerry have been performing; the number of driving offences they have been responsible for catching so far; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

The objective of the outsourced Garda mobile safety cameras is to reduce the number of speed related collisions and so save lives, as excessive or inappropriate speeding is a major factor in road traf...More Button

Written Answers - Criminal Prosecutions

Was asked: the number of persons who have been prosecuted and the number of persons who have been convicted under the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act 2009. More Button

I have requested a report from the Garda authorities in relation to the information sought by the Deputy. I will contact the Deputy again when that report is to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications

Was asked: if there has been a change in policy towards the Pakistani Ahmadiyya community with regard to applications for asylum; if this policy will be reviewed in view of the persecution and massacre of follo...More Button

The principal legislative provisions applicable to the processing of applications for asylum in Ireland are set out in the Refugee Act 1996 and the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Re...More Button

Written Answers - Legislative Programme

Was asked: his plans to bring forward the commencement orders in connection with the Defamation Act to enable the Act to become operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Defamation Act 2009 was commenced by order in its entirety on 1 January 2010.More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Appointments

Was asked: the names, titles and duties of each of the advisers, press officers, assistants and secretaries appointed by him; the annual salaries in each case; the pension arrangements in each case; and if he w...More Button

The information requested in relation to the staff appointed by me is set out in the following table. Payments not exceeding 11% of salary are paid in respect of Personal Retirement Savings Accounts ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 191 of 4 November 2010 when a response will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I can inform the Deputy that I have nothing further to add to the reply provided in respect of Question Number 191 on 4 November, 2010 as it is not feasible to extract the information sought by the De...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications

Was asked: the position regarding an asylum appeal in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Arising from the refusal of his asylum application, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was notified, by letter dated 12 M...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Investigations

Was asked: if he will seek a report from the Irish Prison Service in respect of an incident on a public road (details supplied); if he is satisfied that there was no inappropriate use of such surveillance equip...More Button

The Irish Prison Service have informed me that queries raised by the Deputy were previously addressed by correspondence to him from the Director General of the Irish Prison Service in November 2010. T...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Was asked: the position regarding a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I wish to refer the Deputy to the Revised Estimates Volume for 2010 which contains full year Estimates information for the bodies concerned. Copies of this document are available on the Department of ...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications

Was asked: the recent changes that have taken place to visa processing facilities in Saudi Arabia; the reason these changes were made; the transitional arrangements that were put in place to cover the changeove...More Button

I can advise the Deputy that no recent changes have taken place with regard to visa processing facilities in Saudi Arabia. In fact, and as has been the case for approximately two years now, in order ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Reserve

Was asked: his plans to make a Garda vehicle available to community gardaí attached to a Garda station (details supplied) in County Limerick in order to enable them to perform their duties as community gardaí. More Button

The allocation of Garda resources, including transport, together with overall policing arrangements, is a matter for the Garda Commissioner. Such allocations are continually monitored by the Garda au...More Button

Written Answers - Citizen Applications

Was asked: the position regarding an application for citizenship in respect of a person (details supplied). More Button

A valid application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy’s Question was received in the Citizenship Division of my Department in October 2009. The application ...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications

Was asked: when the decision will issue on the application for asylum in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer the Deputy to my detailed Reply to his earlier Parliamentary Question, No 340 of Tuesday, 19 October 2010 and the written Reply to that Question. The position is as set out in that reply.More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Support Services

Was asked: if he will confirm that neither he nor any agency funded by him has any involvement in providing accommodation for clients at an address in an area (details supplied); and if he will make a statemen...More Button

I am not aware of any plans to place a Department of Justice and Law Reform agency supported facility to provide accommodation for its clients in the area in question. If the Deputy could be more spec...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Levels

Was asked: the number of drug-related offences detected by the Garda Síochána in County Mayo in 2009 and to date in 2010; the locations where these took place; the substances detected, in tabular form and his ...More Button

I have requested a report from the Garda authorities in relation to the Deputy’s question. I will contact the Deputy again when the report is to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Appointments

Was asked: all appointments made by him in the past 12 months; the persons appointed; the income received; the body to which they were appointed; the term of office they will serve; and if he will make a state...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that the information requested is set out in the table: Note 1: Remuneration for members of the Tribunal is paid in accordance with the following fee structure per case comple...More Button

Written Answers - Prison Committals

Was asked: the breakdown of the length of tariffs being served by the current prison population as it stands between 1 May and 1 November 2010 categorised by prison terms of three months or less; six months; 1...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that there is no tariff system in operation in this State insofar as prison sentencing is concerned. I can advise the Deputy that on 30 November 2010 the number of sentence...More Button

Written Answers - Recidivism Rate

Was asked: the recidivism rate of prisoners who have been released over the past five years by length of term served, including prison terms of three months or less; six months; 12 months; 18 months; two years...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the Irish Prison Service does not collate statistics in relation to recidivism rates. However the Irish Prison Service facilitated a major study of prisoner re-offendi...More Button

Written Answers - Prisoner Releases

Was asked: the number of prisoners released in 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 who have been referred through Connection, PACE or any other agency to independent accommodation or a job; and if he will make a st...More Button

PACE is a community based organisation funded by my Department through the Probation Service. PACE supports people through the transition from prison and an offending background into the community an...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Training

Was asked: when the next intake of Garda recruits will commence training in Templemore; and the reason his June announcement of 100 recruits to the Gardaí has not been implemented. More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the moratorium on recruitment and appointments continues to apply to An Garda Síochána with provisions for exceptions following agreement with the Minister for Finance. T...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits

Was asked: if he will expedite a visa for a person (details supplied); when this visa will be granted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the visa application referred to has been approved. I should remind the Deputy that queries in relation to the status of individual Immigration cases may be made...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications

Was asked: the current or expected position in the matter of residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 185 and 199 together. Arising from the refusal of her asylum application, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), ...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Support Services

Was asked: if accommodation transfer can be offered to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) is responsible for the accommodation of asylum seekers in accordance with the Government policy of direct provision and dispersal. The person referred to in ...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits

Was asked: the procedure to be followed to obtain a Garda National Immigration Bureau card in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 187 and 188 together. I wish to inform the Deputy that the person concerned was granted permission to remain in the State in April of 2009 on the basis of being a fam...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer the Deputy to my detailed Reply to his earlier Parliamentary Questions, Nos. 983 & 1033 of Wednesday, 29 September 2010 and the written Reply to those Questions. The position is as set out i...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications

Was asked: how a person (details supplied) in Dublin 6 can obtain the necessary papers to facilitate naturalisation in view of the fact that they were a refugee and had no papers and that as directed they appli...More Button

Officials in the Citizenship Division of my Department inform me that there is no record of an application for a certificate of naturalisation having been received from the person concerned. The posi...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits

Was asked: the position regarding the status of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Travel Document Unit of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) informs me that the person referred to in the Deputy’s question is the holder of temporary permission to remain in t...More Button

Was asked: the procedure to be followed to renew the Garda National Immigration Bureau card in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15 whose passport was seized by immigration officials at the airp...More Button

On 8 January 2010, the person referred to by the Deputy arrived at Dublin Airport from Lisbon, Portugal. She had two passports in her possession and further enquiries revealed she had presented a thi...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Arising from the refusal of his asylum application, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was notified, by letter dated 18 M...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Arising from the refusal of her asylum application, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was notified, by letter dated 30 J...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow who is married to an Irish citizen and has two children; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

The Spouse of Irish National Unit of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) informs me that they wrote to the person concerned on 03 December 2010 requesting further documentation in ...More Button

Was asked: the progress to date in the determination of residency entitlement in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Arising from the refusal of her asylum application, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was notified, by letter dated 24 A...More Button

Was asked: the reason a passport was seized by the Garda National Immigration Bureau in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7; when the GNIB card will be renewed as they are unable to arrange same...More Button

The person referred was granted permission to remain in the State following consideration of an application made to the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS) under the Irish Born Child Sch...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that the person to whom he refers was granted permission to remain in the State under the revised arrangements for the non-EEA parents of children born in Ireland prior to ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength

Was asked: the details of the notification received regarding the number of gardaí who have retired from 1 January 2010 up to 2 December 2010 on a county basis in tabular form. More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that as of the 03 December 2010, the number of sworn members who have retired, or indicated that they will retire by the end of 2010, is 419. A breakdown of reti...More Button

Written Answers - Prisoner Releases

Was asked: the number of foreign nationals released from prison here in the years 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010; the number of released prisoners deported in each of those years; and if he will make a st...More Button

The number of foreign nationals released from prison here in the years 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date are as set out in the table: In relation to the statistics on the number of released prisoners depo...More Button

Written Answers - Sexual Offences

Was asked: the number of persons who have been convicted of a sexual offence and who are subject to post-release supervision who cannot be accounted for; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer the Deputy to my response to Parliamentary Question No. 135 on 1st December, 2010. I am informed that there are no cases unaccounted for.More Button

Written Answers - State Bodies

Was asked: the total amount of moneys owed to private firms by public bodies under the remit of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

It is assumed that the Deputy is referring in this case to unpaid invoices in relation to supplies of goods and services. The non-payroll budget for the Justice Sector is in the region of €555 million...More Button

Written Answers - Refugee Appeals Tribunal

Was asked: the extent to which the practice of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal of scheduling appeal hearings at hourly intervals daily — that is, at 9.30 a.m., 10.30 a.m., 11.30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. — is causin...More Button

Was asked: the reason close scheduling of appeal hearings has continued over the past ten years at the Refugee Appeals Tribunal, despite repeated complaints and requests by legal representatives to change this ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 204 and 206 together. I refer the Deputy to my reply to Questions Nos. 288 and 289 of Tuesday 9 November 2010 which sets out the position in relation to the matters ra...More Button

Was asked: the reason an appeal hearing scheduled for 11.30 a.m. on Thursday, 27 October 2010 was adjourned at 1.15 p.m. by the tribunal member due to the over running of a hearing that commenced at 10.30 a.m. ...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 290 of Tuesday 9 November 2010 which sets out the position in relation to this matter.More Button

Written Answers - Subsidiary Protection

Was asked: since the introduction of subsidiary protection in October 2006 under the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006, the number of persons that have applied for such subsidiar...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my detailed reply to his earlier Parliamentary Question No. 291 of Tuesday 9 November 2010 in which I set out the available information. I have been informed that statistical i...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Disputes

Was asked: the number of industrial disputes and industrial actions, including work to rule, presently being engaged in by staff of his Department; when these actions were initiated; the individual subject matt...More Button

There is no industrial action under way in my Department. For completeness, however, I might mention two issues in the wider Justice sector. Members of the Prisons Officers’ Association are currently...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Complaints Procedures

Was asked: if he will confirm whether a person who has made a complaint to the Garda Ombudsman has died, that the complaint will still be investigated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have been informed by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) that the death of a complainant does not act as a bar to the investigation of a complaint of misbehaviour by a Garda member. Pro...More Button


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